Vince Gill, Brad Paisley, Shelby Lynne Score Grammy Nominations

Gill nabs four noms; Paisley, Lynne up for Best New Artist.

Vince Gill got four nominations, Brad Paisley and Shelby Lynne are up for Best New Artist and Sheryl Crow got a country nomination in a surprise-filled field of Grammy nominations for 2001.

Gill, who took most of last year off to get married and released an album that drew only medium-to-cool reviews, was nominated for Best Country Album for Let's Make Sure We Kiss Goodbye, Best Country Collaboration With Vocals for "When I Look Into Your Heart" (sung with Amy Grant) and Best Country Song and Best Country Male Vocal Performance, both for "Feels Like Love" (RealAudio excerpt).

"All this and a baby three weeks later. Life is pretty sweet," expectant father Gill said on hearing of his nominations.

Paisley and Shelby Lynne were both nominated for Best New Artist in the general field. Paisley, country music's most acclaimed newcomer in the past year, is a staunch country traditionalist in an era of country-pop emphasis. Lynne, who left Nashville to record in New York, drew praise this year from fans and critics across several musical genres. Their competitors for Best New Artist are Sisqó, Jill Scott and Papa Roach.

Also in the general field, two country songs vie for Song of the Year: Faith Hill's "Breathe" (RealAudio excerpt) and Lee Ann Womack's "I Hope You Dance" (RealAudio excerpt). The nominations go to the songs' writers: Mark D. Sanders and Tia Sellers for "Dance" and Stephanie Bentley and Holly Lamar for "Breathe."

Crow was nominated for her duet with the Dixie Chicks on "Strong Enough" (RealAudio excerpt), a track from her album Sheryl Crow & Friends: Live From Central Park.

Country Grammy nominations:

Best Country Album:

Let's Make Sure We Kiss Goodbye, Vince Gill (MCA Nashville)

Breathe, Faith Hill (Warner Bros. Records)

Under the Influence, Alan Jackson (Arista Nashville)

I Hope You Dance, Lee Ann Womack (MCA Nashville)

Real Live Woman, Trisha Yearwood (MCA Nashville)

Best Country Song:

"Breathe," Stephanie Bentley & Holly Lamar, songwriters, Breathe (Faith Hill), Warner Bros. Records; publishers: Universal Songs of PolyGram Int'l Music, Hopechest Music

"Feels Like Love," Vince Gill, songwriter, Let's Make Sure We Kiss Goodbye (Vince Gill), MCA Nashville; publisher: Vinny Mae Music

"I Hope You Dance," Mark D. Sanders & Tia Sillers, songwriters, I Hope You Dance (Lee Ann Womack), MCA Nashville; publishers: MCA Music Pub., Soda Creek Songs, Choice Is Tragic Music, Ensign Music Corp.

"One Voice," Don Cook & David Malloy, songwriters, One Voice (Billy Gilman), Epic Records; publishers: Starstruck Angel Music Inc., Malloy's Toys Music, Sony, Tree Pub. Co., Don Cook Music

"The Way You Love Me," Michael Delaney & Keith Follesè, songwriters, Breathe (Faith Hill), Warner Bros. Records; publishers: Encore Ent., Scott And Soda Music, Fallazoo Crew Music, Airstream Dreams Music, Coyote House Music, Famous Music Corp.]

Best Female Country Vocal Performance:

Faith Hill, "Breathe," Breathe (Warner Bros. Records)

Jo Dee Messina, "That's the Way," Burn (Curb Records)

Dolly Parton, "Travelin' Prayer," The Grass Is Blue (Sugar Hill Records)

Lee Ann Womack, "I Hope You Dance," I Hope You Dance (MCA Nashville)

Trisha Yearwood, "Real Live Woman," Real Live Woman (MCA Nashville)

Best Male Country Vocal Performance:

Johnny Cash, "Solitary Man," American III — Solitary Man (American/Columbia Records)

Vince Gill, "Feels Like Love," Let's Make Sure We Kiss Goodbye (MCA Nashville)

Billy Gilman, "One Voice," One Voice (Epic Records)

Tim McGraw, "My Best Friend," A Place In The Sun (Curb Records)

Dwight Yoakam, "A Thousand Miles From Nowhere," dwightyoakamacoustic.net (Reprise Records)

Best Country Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal:

Alabama, "Twentieth Century," Twentieth Century (RCA Records)

Asleep at the Wheel, "Cherokee Maiden," Ride With Bob (DreamWorks Records Nashville)

Brooks & Dunn, "You'll Always Be Loved By Me," Tight Rope (Arista Nashville)

Riders in the Sky, "Woody's Roundup," Toy Story 2 — Soundtrack (Walt Disney Records)

The Wilkinsons, "Jimmy's Got a Girlfriend," Here and Now (Giant Records)

Best Country Collaboration With Vocals:

Sheryl Crow & The Dixie Chicks, "Strong Enough," Live From Central Park (A&M Records)

Vince Gill & Amy Grant, "When I Look Into Your Heart," Let's Make Sure We Kiss Goodbye (MCA Nashville)

Faith Hill & Tim McGraw, "Let's Make Love," Breathe (Warner Bros. Records)

Ricky Skaggs & the Dixie Chicks, "Walk Softly," Big Mon — The Songs of Bill Monroe (Skaggs Family Records)

George Strait & Alan Jackson, "Murder on Music Row," Latest Greatest Straitest Hits (MCA Nashville)

Best Country Instrumental Performance:

Alison Brown With Bèla Fleck, "Leaving Cottondale," Fair Weather (Compass Records)

Nickel Creek, "Ode to a Butterfly," Nickel Creek (Sugar Hill Records)

Tim O'Brien & Darrell Scott, "The Second Mouse," Real Time (Howdy Skies Records)

Keith Urban, "Rollercoaster," Keith Urban (Capitol Nashville)

Steve Wariner & Ryan Wariner, "Bloodlines," Faith In You (Capitol Nashville)

Best Bluegrass Album:

Fair Weather, Alison Brown (Compass Records)

Murder On Music Row, Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time (Shell Point/Echomusic)

Nickel Creek, Nickel Creek (Sugar Hill Records)

The Grass Is Blue, Dolly Parton (Sugar Hill Records)

Big Mon — The Songs of Bill Monroe, Ricky Skaggs & Friends (Skaggs Family Records)